Local author publishes first book

By Staff and Press Reports

Local author Whitney Yarber White publishes first book, “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus”, to be released in January.

White, 25, currently lives in Webster County in the New Hope Community, where her husband, Matthew, pastors at New Hope Baptist Church. She is currently staying at home to raise her children while pursing a writing career.

“Staying at home to raise my kids and publishing a book are two of my biggest dreams come true,” said White.

She is the daughter of Nanette Yarber of Booneville and the granddaughter of Delayon and Bobbie Nell Jenkins of Chester.

“Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus” is unique because the characters are actual characters in White’s family.

“Our youngest had not been born at the time the book went through production, but I sent in 32 pictures of Aaron and Aaden and our family as a whole and the illustrators did an amazing job of making the characters in the book look as much like us as possible. Aaron and Aaden love books and this is extremely exciting to them to be able to hear their names in a book and see characters that look just like them. Aaron just wants to read this book over and over again,” says White.

The children’s book will help explain the different people and pieces in a nativity scene.

“I am unbelievably blessed to have been given this opportunity and I give God all the glory and honor. With Him all things truly are possible and without the three precious boys He gave me, this funny little story never would have crossed my mind. Hopefully these boys will help me produce many more stories in the future,” says White.

“Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus” is being published by Tate Publishing and will be officially released in January 2013. The book can be purchased right now at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/ book.php?w=9781621476528.

White will be in Ackerman on December 13 at the Choctaw County Extension Christmas Open reading to children at 3:30 p.m. at the Choctaw County Library.

She will also be reading to children at Story Hour at the Eupora Library on December 5 at 10:30 a.m. Books will be available for purchase at both of these events.